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Thread: Do You Buy Fabric With/Without a Plan?

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    Do You Buy Fabric With/Without a Plan?

    Something I read in another post got me wondering. How many of you actually have a project in mind when you buy fabric? I have to admit that I NEVER have a plan for new fabric. I buy it if I love it or if I think it would be a good blender with what I already have, and if it is on sale of course. I scan all my fabrics (at least that's my goal -- not quite there yet) into EQ6 and use it to match up fabrics for a particular project.

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    I have tons of stash so I use it for any quilts I make and then add new fabrics if I don't have enough. However, if I am working on a new pattern that requires some specific type fabric or I am doing for someone who wants certain colors then I shop just for that.

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    I buy what I like and what I think i may use in any one of my bucket list of quilt patterns.. So nope, I just buy, buy, buy..

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    I only buy for a project, these days its just too expensive to buy just because I like it. I also dont want to have to store it.

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    I used to just buy because I could or always buy more than I needed, but these days, I buy only with a project in mind. Now I have to admit, do have a healthy stash, but it is shrinking and when I buy, I only am buying what I don't already have or need to fill in for a project or buy a focus fabric and fill in with my stash. I just can't afford to buy like I used to and it kills me sometimes when I see good sales.. guess it is just a sign of the times.

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    I used to just buy when I first started quilting without regard to any project in mind but in the last 6 months I have been being more aware and usually just buy for a certain project or something to add to a project.....so far so good.
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    They say money does not buy happiness, but it buys fabric & fabric makes me happy!!

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    my fabrics are part of the palette i use to create with...so i buy any color/texture/print that i like that is on sale. you never have to buy full price when you have a stash.. when i pull fabrics to work with for any project, it is because that's the mood i'm in... pet peeve? 'Lines' of fabric....i don't want people deciding for me what to put with what... FAbric stores: just put your fabrics in color order and let me choose what i like, i hate to have to go all over the store to see ALL the yellows... just put the yellows together...let me choose one or 10...

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    Both! I will buy it just about every chance I get, but I'm trying to do better this year and try to use more out of my stash before buying more. Please, pray to give me strength, because I am truly addicted.
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    I do both. I buy with no plan from the 5.00 a yard clearance room. Mostly batiks, kids fabric or good neutrals. I very rarely pay full price for something unless I have a plan. Although this weekend, I did buy 2 yards each of two light batiks since they are good basics and I have very little light fabric. Yes, I gagged when the register displayed its total, but they will serve me well.

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    I always have a plan ! I PLAN to use it! lol
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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